Tuesday, March 31, 2015

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos paid his first official trip, since taking office, to Cyprus – a tradition followed by every Greek President. Pavlopoulos, who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, remarked that the ties between Greece and Cyprus are inextricable and that no crisis will affect them, while the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, noted that the strong ties between the two countries date back to ancient times.

After their meeting, Pavlopoulos affirmed Greek support for a peace settlement. He said that although Athens supported UN talks to reunite the island, Nicosia had rightly halted negotiations following Ankara’s violation of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in October last year.

Addressing the Cypriot Parliament, Pavlopoulos noted that Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone is an area protected by European law; any violation of this area is also "a violation of the European Union and European law."

The Athens Investment Forum taking place today (31.03) in Athens highlights the contribution of Greek listed companies and the Athens stock exchange to a new entrepreneurship model that is export-oriented and innovation-driven. The forum touches upon non-listed companies as well, since they progressively rely more on markets and less on banks for their funding, thus seeking to draw lessons from the already listed companies.

It aims to address important questions concerning the Greek economy and will present the initiatives needed to exploit its capacity. The Forum invites members of the government, senior business executives, investors, academic experts, as well as members of Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce to identify growth prospects in Greece. The event is held by the Greek Listed Companies Association and the Hellenic Institute of Entrepreneurship (I.E.A).

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On March 31, the Onassis Foundation is holding the Alexander Onassis Entrepreneurship Day on the premises of its Cultural Centre. The event introduces for the first time in Greece the process of scaling up a start up, which translates into steps towards sustainable development. 

Top business people from across the spectrum of Greek entrepreneurship will address the public, focusing on issues such as how to inspire, support and finance successful business projects. In addition to lectures, the event includes sixteen workshops which will offer the opportunity to elaborate on matters such as communications, costs reduction, and business planning. The Scholars Association of the Onassis Foundation which is the host of the event, was founded in 1986 as an initiative on behalf of the first scholars of the Onassis Foundation. It now counts more than 1,800 scholars, both Greeks and non-Greeks.

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Mariambas by Yannis Skarimbas is the new entry in the Birmingham Modern Greek Translations series of The Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. The book has been translated by Leo Marshall, who has also translated the awarded May Your Name Be Blessed by Sotiris Dimitriou, and others

The book follows the life of Ioannis Mariambas, an unconventional civil servant, whose eccentric manners shock the conservative society of Halkida. 

The Birmingham Series also includes many representative works of Modern Greek fiction, like Elias Maglinis' Interrogation (Trans. Patricia Felisa Barbeito), Haris Vlavianos' Adieu and Kostas Karyotakis' Battered Guitars: Poems and Prose by William W. Reader & Keith Taylor.

Thirty-one Greek designers and international fashion brands participated in International Fashion Week, held in Athens, March 28-30. 

The 17th Athens Xclusive Designers Week (AXDW) is the official trade show of the Greek fashion industry, and it is held twice a year. Its goal is to promote Greek fashion in Greece and abroad. Designers like Eleni Kyriacou, Makis Tselios, Kathy Heyndels, Athina Korda, Topshop by Sotris and many more participated in this latest edition.

As every year, the New Designers Awards is one of the most popular events of the Fashion Week. Best New Designer award was bestowed to Dimitris Ordoulidis; MK by Marios was awarded the Best Trend Setter award and Tryfonas Modestou, was selected as Best Catwalk.